Erfurt: Bindersleben Airport

Fliegerhorst Erfurt-Bindersleben, Аэродром Эрфурт, Flughafen Erfurt-Weimar

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CoordinatesN505848 E0105725 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 1036 ft
Former East GermanyDistrict of Erfurt
Federal stateThüringen (Thuringia)
Location indicatorEDXE, ETEF (-1995), EDDE (1995-)
Map with location of Erfurt Bindersleben Airport, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Erfurt-Bindersleben
Contents
Page 1: Erfurt-Bindersleben Luftwaffe Air Base, Germany ← you are here
Page 2: Erfurt Airport, East Germany/GDR, 1945 - 1990
Page 3: Erfurt-Weimar Airport, Germany, from 1990

Location of airfield

5 km west of Erfurt.

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe air base.

1944

Situation

Erfurt Bindersleben Air Base in World War II on a US map from 194x
Erfurt Bindersleben Air Base in World War II on a US map from 194x
(Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA)

Overview

Image source, unless otherwise noted: GDI-Th, Freistaat Thüringen, TLVermGeo, www.geoportal-th.de, Datenlizenz Deutschland – Namensnennung – Version 2.0, www.govdata.de/dl-de/by-2-0
Aerial image Fliegerhorst Erfurt-Bindesleben Air Base, Germany 1944
Fliegerhorst Erfurt-Bindesleben Air Base and surroundings on 07 October 1944 - The image is composed of several aerial photographs. 1: airfield; 2: dispersal area; 3: shooting range; 4: railroad line Erfurt - Nottleben. Other places: Alach, Bindersleben, Peterbornsiedlung, Salomonsborn.
Air base
Erfurt Bindersleben airfield on a US map from 1951
Erfurt Bindersleben airfield on a US map from 1951 - The shelter above the center and the shelter to the right of the center seem to be damaged.
(Source: AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University)
Air Base
Air Base
Northern tip
Northern tip - There are some planes here.
West side with railway connection
West side with railway connection - Some bomb craters are visible.
Aircraft hangars at Erfurt Air Base, Germany
Aircraft hangars on the west side - There are also some airplanes here.
Aircraft hangars  and barracks, Erfurt Bindersleben
Aircraft hangars on the southeast side, barracks building
Erfurt: East side of the airfield
East side of the airfield - A flak position can be seen at the bottom right.
Fighter trapeze NB3
NB3 is the so-called fighter trapeze in which the air base is located. - The fighter trapeze describes the geographical position in a coordinate system. For quick orientation from the air, it is laid out on the ground.
Barracks on the east side
Barracks on the east side
Facilities south of Binderslebener Landstraße
Facilities south of Binderslebener Landstraße
Dispersal area
Dispersal area south of Salomonsborn
Dispersal area south of Salomonsborn
Aircraft revetments
Large and small aircraft revetments - In the box at the top there seems to be a tent or something like that. The circles arranged to a triangle probably form an anti-aircraft position.
Aircraft revetments with one or two aircraft
Aircraft revetments with one or two aircraft
Other facilities
Shooting range
Shooting range
Railway line Erfurt - Nottleben, siding to the air base.
Railway line Erfurt - Nottleben with train. The air base siding leads to the right.

End of war 1945

Overview

The following pictures must have been taken shortly before the US occupation.
(Image source, unless otherwise noted: GDI-Th, Freistaat Thüringen, TLVermGeo, www.geoportal-th.de, Datenlizenz Deutschland – Namensnennung – Version 2.0, www.govdata.de/dl-de/by-2-0)
Erfurt Air Base, Germany, 1945
The air base and surroundings on 10 April 1945 - The pictures must have been taken shortly before the US occupation.
Airfield
Airfield
Bomb craters, destroyed hangar, smoke clouds
Western part: bomb craters, destroyed hangar, smoke clouds
Aircraft halls
These halls still look intact
Hangars at Erfurt
The hangars in the southeast also look undamaged.
Eastern end of the movement area
Eastern end of the movement area
Craters, destroyed buildings
There are countless craters, the buildings west of the garden are missing.
Erfurt, Germany, 1945: Detail: Destroyed hangar in the west, aircraft scrap
Detail: Destroyed hangar in the west, aircraft scrap
Erfurt, Germany, 1945: Fire at a railway wagon
Detail: Fire at a railway car on the siding that runs behind the hangars.
Aircraft scrap
Aircraft scrap
Northern part
Northern part - Only a few aircraft are still recognizable. There are several railway cars on the tracks.
Closed aircraft revetments
Continue reading: ➜ Erfurt Airport, East Germany/GDR, 1945 - 1990
Contents
Page 1: Erfurt-Bindersleben Luftwaffe Air Base, Germany ← you are here
Page 2: Erfurt Airport, East Germany/GDR, 1945 - 1990
Page 3: Erfurt-Weimar Airport, Germany, from 1990
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